March 2017 Around Town

Townes celebration 
at Arts Fifth Avenue

It’s a sad fact that one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time goes under-appreciated in his hometown. Townes Van Zandt, Fort Worth-native and writer of such timeless songs as Pancho & Lefty, was born on March 7th, 1944 into a family with rich ties to the history of the city. By the time of his death in 1997, Townes had established a well-earned reputation as a “songwriter’s songwriter”, with an impressive catalog of exquisitely composed tunes. Townes maintained lifelong ties to Fort Worth, and a few intrepid souls have taken upon themselves the task to memorialize and honor him.

On March 11th, join director Bruce Payne and his ensemble cast of musicians and actors for “Townes Van Zandt and the Fort Worth Blues…: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt”. This labor of love marks its 5th and final (for now) annual production with a song cycle and multimedia performance that celebrates the legacy and mercurial essence of an unparalleled American artist. The show begins at 8pm at Arts Fifth Avenue, located at 1628 Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 817-923-9500, or visit

WestBend, Trademark Property Co. University District mixed-use development, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art have partnered to bring the Amon Carter’s celebrated photography collection to the heart of Fort Worth’s University District through a unique public art program.

On display now at WestBend is a selection of nine, 4-by-6-foot reproductions from the Amon Carter’s photography collection. The photographs presented on backlit film and displayed in lightboxes, are the first in a series of exhibitions featuring the Amon Carter’s photography program. Each iteration of the series is curated by the Amon Carter and will be on display at WestBend for six month intervals.

The program is part of Trademark Property Co.’s commitment to local and artisan through its Conscious Place initiative, a stakeholder-driven development model that aims to ensure its properties are more than just places of commerce, but also places of community and meaning.

“Incorporating public art into our properties by partnering with local and national artists and museums is a key initiative for Trademark portfolio-wide because it helps elevate the purpose of our properties beyond retail and commerce. Art adds soul to a property, along with educational and inspirational elements,” said Terry Montesi, CEO, Trademark Property Co. “We are thrilled that WestBend can serve as a home for these pieces and hope that the community gets as much enjoyment from them as we do.”

The first iteration focuses on nine works that represent the breadth of the Amon Carter’s collection.

“We are delighted to be working with Trademark to introduce illustrations from our distinguished photography collection and program to the broader Fort Worth community through this innovative endeavor,” said John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

With more than 45,000 works by over 450 artists, the Amon Carter is one of the world’s leading repositories of photography. The museum’s holdings span the development of photography, from one of the first images made in the United States, to digital prints made in the last twelve months. Besides tracing photography’s artistic development through works created by the medium’s iconic figures, the collection vividly reflects the nation’s diverse natural beauty and history.

In addition to the Amon Carter series, WestBend also features five photographic murals by Fort Worth artist and TCU graduate, Devon Nowlin, assistant registrar at the Amon Carter. The murals, which face the scenic Trinity River and

Trinity River Trails and the new Tom Thumb, capture the shopping and dining experience, health and fitness, and the natural surroundings of WestBend. Additional public art initiatives are planned for the property in the coming months.

TRWD Flyfest – March 11th

Hosted on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River at ACME Brick Headquarters near Bryant Irvin

10 am – 5 pm

The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is partnering with Fort Worth’s urban angling community to bring back TRWD Flyfest. The festival will be a family-friendly day of fly fishing, food, wine and craft beer in and along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Whether you are an experienced angler or have never touched a fly rod, this fun day will have something to hook everyone in the whole family.

The event has demonstrations, presentations, kids activities, beer and wine but the thing that sets this apart from other events of its kind is that we host contests that people can actually get in the Trinity and fish.

Newly renovated 1880’s home with a New Orleans flair of color 
and charm.

Luke Durocher a true Southerner from New Iberia Louisiana moved to Fort Worth, Texas when he was in his twenties.  Inspired, he opened a unisex hair salon Steel On Magnolia  in Oct. of 2016.  Backed by a established old Fort Worth family, Luke was given the opportunity  to purchase the property in the up and coming beautiful Fairmont  Historical District.  A hip and hoping area located in South Fort Worth off of Magnolia Ave. at 1314 Alston Ave. 817-945-1776.  Steel On Magnolia uses a wonderful  product line by Davines.  This is a must see.  Come by for a refreshment while sitting on the porch and enjoy a fun charming conversation with both Luke and his sister Megan and a great team of stylist.